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Wilfrid Laurier University Special Constable Service
Special Constable Service wins international award for use of technology
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The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) recognized Wilfrid Laurier University’s Special Constable Service with an IACP-iXP Excellence in Technology Award at the association’s recent conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
Rod Curran, director of Laurier’s Special Constable Service, and Rick Cousineau, Special Constable Service supervisor, attended the ceremony to accept the award.
Laurier’s Special Constable Service was identified as the best in the “innovation in information technology, small agency” category, after what organizers called an “exhaustive and highly competitive review of applications.”
“Winning this international award shows Laurier’s commitment to a safe community through the use of technology,” Curran said. “The use of technology and physical patrol is the cornerstone of our safety plan.”
Laurier’s Special Constable Service is responsible for the university’s Waterloo, Kitchener and Brantford campuses and is based on the community-policing model. Laurier incorporates technology with physical patrol. Security is provided by 18 special constables who have peace-officer status.
In 2005, the university undertook a review of its security system, which at the time had 10 cameras on the main campus in Waterloo. Today there are more than 300 cameras, which accommodate 640 video feeds and cover 90 per cent of the campuses.
The communication centre is staffed around the clock with trained student dispatchers and is equipped with the latest technology, including 42 monitors, seven computers, a dispatch console and a computer-aided dispatch and records-management system. The server room consists of 11 blade servers to run the systems. The radio system allows officers to talk to each other from different campuses, and because the radios are equipped with GPS, dispatchers can locate each officer at all times.